Blaze guts shed in Rockland
Rockland — A burn barrel is to blame for a structure fire in Rockland Sunday, May 11.
According to Bill Benner, resident at 91 West Meadow Road, he had returned from an overnight camp out with a group of Scouts around noon. He said he laid the burn barrel on its side next to the shed and apparently it was hot enough to start some dry leaves on fire.
The fire quickly spread to the shed and became fully engulfed.
Neighbors and passersby helped clear away propane tanks and get some water flowing through some hoses, until the flames got too hot, according to Sheldon Bryant of Thomaston, who happened to be driving by.
"It is one of life's lessons," said acting fire chief Adam Miceli in a phone interview May 12. "You need to be certain to turn the ashes over and soak them down well," he said.
Although the barrel had sat over night and appeared to be extinguished, live embers were trapped in the bottom, according to Miceli.
Nobody was home at the adjacent house owned by Dana Meklin. One of the four vehicles in the driveway started on fire and received major damage. The siding of the house also buckled from the heat of the blaze, he said.
No one was injured.
Rockland Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Rockland Police Department and Rockport Fire Department responded to the call that came in at approximately 1:17 p.m. They remained on scene until 2:45 p.m.
Thomaston Fire Department was called to cover the Rockland station.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.